The Red Panda Expedition – Singalila National Park

 OVERVIEW  |  ITINERARY  |  DATES  |  ENQUIRY 

Overview

Singalila National park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India, is a National park of India located on the singalla range at an altitude of 7000ft to 12000 ft above sea level. In the Darjeeling District of West Bengal. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it. Singalila is one of the best places for the Red Panda, Apart from these other mammals found here are: Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking deer, Yellow-throated marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika, etc. Singalila is a birding paradise, More than 300 species of birds found here. It has a huge list of exotic birds like: Blood Pheasant, Satyr Trasopan ,Kalij Pheasant, Brown & Falvous Parrobills, Rufous-vented Tit and old world babbiers like the fire tailed Mayzornis and the golden breasted fulvetta, Rosefinchs, Bull finchs, Wren babbers, Laughing thrushes, Nuthatchs, Treecreepers, Yuhinas,Minivets, Partridges, and many more.

The Red Panda Ailurusfulgens are called the ‘firefox’ is a mammal native to Eastern Himalayas and Southwest China. It has Reddish brown fur a long shaggy tail and a waddling gait due to its shorter length of front legs. It is slightly larger than a big domestic Cat. It is arboreal, Feeds mainly on bamboos, but also eats eggs, birds & insects. It is a solitary animal mainly active from dusk to dawn and is largely sedentary during the day.
 
The Red Panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continue to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and inbreeding depression, although red Pandas are protected by National laws in their range countries. Singallia is the best place in India to see these elusive and rare mammals.

ITINERARY

BASIC PLAN


 

Day 1 - Arrive Siligudi

 
Guests will be received at Bagdogra Airport and taken to their respective hotel in Siligudi. In the afternoon we will have an optional Nature walk and orientation with the tour leader. Guests will have early dinner and overnight at hotel.
 

Day 2 - Depart from Siligudi and Arrive Manbhanjen


Leave after early breakfast for Manebhanjen, the entry point for Singalila National Park. Arrive Manebhanjen at 10:00 AM, Transfer to Landrover and drive 3 hours to Kala Pokhri and checkin to your home stay, Have Lunch at Home stay, do some orientation and birding in the afternoon. Dinner & overnight at homestay.
 

Day 3 - 6 - Wildlife activity at Kalapokhri


After breakfast Will start our wildlife activity from Kalapokhri around 7am.
Will do Birding and Red panda searching, the whole day.
Night stay at The Homestay.
 

Day 7 


After half day of Red Panda birding and searching, Depart from Landrover to Tumling Night stay at The Homestay.
 

Day 8 


Check out from The Homestay after Breakfast / according to onward connection time. Will reach Bagdogra/ Siliguri/ NJP in time for onward flight connection. Service Ends.

 
Cost Inclusions:
  • 6 Night 7 Days (Red Panda Expedition) and 1 Night at Sinclair’s Siligudi
  • Accommodation in Singalila will be Local homestays with private bathroom facility.
  • All meals
  • 1 night stay in Siliguri on MAP
  • Naturalist service from Reni Pani
  • Porters & Safari Landrover Cost.
  • Permit cost.
  • Still camera permits.
  • Drinking Water.
  • Red Panda Tracking.
  • Nepal Permission.

 
Cost Exclusions:
  • Any other food or beverages other than mentioned above.
  • Laundry service.
  • Anything not mentioned above.

PREMIUM PLAN


 

Day 1 - Arrive Siligudi

 
Guest will be received at Bagdogra Airport and taken to their respective hotel in Siligudi. In the afternoon we will have an optional Nature walk and orientation with the tour leader. Guests will have early dinner and overnight at hotel.
 

Day 2 - Depart from Siligudi and Arrive Manbhanjen


Today we will leave early morning for Manbhanjen, which is an entry point of Sangalila National park. We will carry packed breakfast for this 3 Hrs drive. After we reach Manebhanjen guests will transfer to a Vintage Land Rovers and start their ascent to Habre’s Nest our home for the next 6 Nights. The drive to habre’s nest is spectacular, and we will drive through rugged Eastern Himalayan landscape. We will reach Habre’s nest in time for Lunch. The Trackers would have already been out tracking since the morning and our red panda search will start from this afternoon.
 

Day 3 - 6 - Habre’s Nest Activities


We will start our wildlife activity from Habre’s Nest, after breakfast at around 8 am; Guests will go on different nature trails every day and explore different regions of the park looking for exotic Himalayan bird species and mammals. Trackers will leave early in the search for Red Panda and will update us on sightseeing. If Red panda’s are seen then guests will be guided to the locations with our guides and porters to attempt to get a rare sighting. Guests can also do early morning birding in the in-house bird hide while sipping a hot cup of coffee. We will spend the full day searching for birds and Mammals.
 

Day 7 


After half day of Red Panda birding and searching, Depart from Landrover to Tumling Night stay at The Homestay.
 

Day 8 


Check out from The Homestay after Breakfast / according to onward connection time. Will reach Bagdogra/ Siliguri/ NJP in time for onward flight connection. Service Ends.

Amenities

  • Double bedded room with attached western toilets and Balcony
  • Every balcony is a sunset point
  • Room Heater
  • Hot & cold water
  • Total Ro Drinking water
  • Library

  • TV at the sitting area
  • Mini bar cum sitting area with a fire place
  • Power supply(Generator) From 5pm to 6am
  • Toiletries
  • In house bird studio with a hide

  • Trained Naturalist, Field biologist, Guides and porters
  • Exclusive Red panda Tourism
  • Directly taking part in the conservation, 20% of our profit margin goes to the conservation fund . Be a part of sustainable tourism.

COST INCLUSIONS:

  • Direct Contribution towards Red Panda conservation project
  • 6 Night 7 Days (Red Panda Expedition) and 1 Night at Sinclair’s Siligudi
  • Naturalist’s service
  • Expert tour guide from Jehan Numa Wilderness
  • Porters & Safari Land Rovers cost
  • Permits cost
  • Still Camera permits
  • Drinking water
  • Red Panda Tracking
  • Nepal Permission

COST EXCLUSIONS:

  • Domestic Flight to Bagdogra and back
  • Any food and beverages other than mentioned above
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Anything not mentioned above

DATES


Basic Plan:
28 Oct - 4 Nov 2019
5 April - 12 April 2020

Premium Plan:
22 Dec - 29 Dec 2019
11 April - 18 April 2020
To Book
Call : +91 8602672443 | or Mail at : expeditions@jehannuma.com

Tour Leader:

An expert tour guide from Jehan Numa Wilderness will lead these groups

Enquiry

Important Notes:

  • NEPAL VISA (Except Indians): For every Foreign guest the Nepal Visa is must. The Required details for the visa application is as follows,
  • Visa Type: Online
  • Visa application Dates: 2 days before the trip starts, guest needs to apply online.
  • Address: Nila Gurung Tumbling Illam District, Nepal
  • Entry point to Nepal: KAKARBHITTA, JHAPA

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